Adolph Ochs, the owner of the New York Times, organized the first Times Square New Year’s Ball Drop on December 31, 1907. Save for wartime blackouts in 1942 (the year I was born ☹) and 1943, this iconic event has welcomed in every New Year ever since.
In today’s vernacular,’ dropping the ball’ means to “make a mistake” . . . ever made one? As for this chief ‘ball dropper’. . . not since I just woke up. . . but allow me a couple more minutes to rectify that😊
Since that first Ball Drop 115 years ago our “One nation under God” has woefully ‘dropped the ball’ . . . How??? . . . Why??? . . . there’s 335,829,797 reasons (the population of the United States of America as of today according to Google) . . . and I’m one of those.
Here’s a candid short list of just a half dozen ‘ball drops’ I’ve been guilty of over the past 365 days of 2022:
- Contemplating on the woulda’, coulda’, shouda’s instead of being grateful for all I have
- Subtle condemnation of others different social, ethnic, economic, and religious groups
- Being ‘too busy’ to be there for others in their time of need
- Disparaging others through self-perceived ‘constructive’ and ‘humorous’ remarks
- Seeking to be respected at the expense of not respecting others
- Focusing on what’s in it for me in lieu of what’s in me for it
Compiling this list, the word “others” increasingly convicted my conscience. None of us has ever seen a motive. We can only surmise what motivates others’ demeanor, actions, and beliefs. God’s mercy and grace knows no “others”, only all ragamuffins such as I.
Sooooooo . . . what’s the solution? . . . One-by-One. As much as I’d like to convince my other 335,829,796 Americans to hop on board the Remedy Railroad, it has to begin with me . . . and you.
Therefore, my 2023 New Year resolution, aware there will off-the-rail ‘ball drops’ along the way, is to strive day-by-day to seek compassionate, objective discernment in everything, filtered through Dr. Luke’s healing prescription . . .
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! All the best for all of His best in 2023
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Happy New Year! Glad for redemption! We are more than our mistakes!!!
Thanks for reminding me of ‘ragamuffins’… Brennan Manning’s influence? I often return to his ‘Ragamuffin Gospel’
Have a joy filled new year Fred and Ellen! Thank you for those good thoughts! Always looking up, Lila & Dave
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“Focusing on what’s in it for me in lieu of what’s in me for it”. <— Love that! Motives are at the heart of my resolutions this year too. Thank you for sharing, Fred!
I’m laughing about the “not just since I woke up”. Beautiful inspiration for doing better and focusing on the right things. Thank you, Fred! Happy New Year!!
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